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The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836833
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 12.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Lippard is a curator, activist, and author of numerous books on contemporary art and cultural criticism. Geoff Manaugh is contributing editor of Wired UK and former senior editor of Dwell. W. J. T. Mitchell is professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago. Ann M. Wolfe is curator of exhibitions and collections at the Nevada Museum of Art.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THE ALTERED LANDSCAPE is a major monograph published to accompany and exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, curated by Ann Wolfe. While this is an erudite and visually impressive monograph it is at the same time disturbing - and that is the primary focus of the book and exhibition. This book forces us to look at the destruction of the landscape over the past fifty years, destruction in the name of 'progress', by mining, 'developing', deforesting, and many other ways we have carved the surface of this globe to suit our shortsighted needs.

The visions before our eyes are courtesy of approximately 100 photographers beginning with Robert Adams, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke and Lewis Baltz through Andy Goldsworthy, Catherine Opie, Chris Jordan to Richard Misrach and Mark Klett. While viewing these images may induce admiration for the quality of the art presented, it is not long until the thundering impact we are witnessing comes home. In tandem with these pioneering photographers are images by artists who use techniques that draw attention to the photographic process and the photograph-as-object. Mark Klett, Patrick Nagatani, John Pfahl, Jim Sanborn, Sharon Stewart, Amy Stein, and Fandra Chang 'use color alteration, montage, visual metaphors and puns, and
textual elements to suggest levels of humor and irony related to our contemporary landscapes. While the collection represents a diversity of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and ideological positions, it is unified by two basic principles: a concern for inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on natural landscapes and an effort to depart from idealized notions of scenic beauty and pristine wilderness that were dominant in the early 20th century aesthetic of Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club.
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By Lrjohn3 on September 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Just some big photos, book was in mediocre shape - I wouldn't overpay for this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLopez on September 24, 2013
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It is an excellent book and I am so pleased to own it. The book design is especially strong as well as the photos!
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